Monday, May 14, 2012
Puzzle by John Dunn / Edited by Will Shortz
SYNS (70A. Roget offerings (abbr.) … or, loosely, the first and last words of 20-, 28-, 48- and 58-Across), WATCH THE CLOCK (20A. Impatiently endure passing time), COVER THE SPREAD (28A. Win by enough points, in sports gambling), WASH THE LAUNDRY (48A. Perform a routine household chore) and TURN THE CORNER (56A. Pass through a crisis safely) constitute the interrelated group of this Monday crossword.
Other — ADRIFT, AURORA borealis, BLOW OVER, ETCHERS, HUEVOS (50D. Spanish eggs), MESHES, PRE-EMPT, PRICED, SUCH THAT, TALL ONES, UNDERWAY, WAUSAU (8D. Onetime Wisconsin-based insurance giant).
Five-letter — ANWAR Sadat, CURES, DETER, DRONE, ELLEN DeGeneres, ELOPE, EXAMS, NO-HIT, SARAN, SLUGS, SOAKS, STAND, Ringo STARR, ULNAS, VALID.
Short stuff — ACTS, ADO, ANN, ARIA and ASIA, CELT, “CASE closed!”, CATS, DEBT, DORA, DVD, EAR and EAT, EMU, ENTS, ENYA, EOS, EURO, EVEN, GYRO, ICU, “Time IS AT a premium”, LAIR, “LI’L Abner”, MOE, PAL, RAFT, RDS and RES, ROLE, RUTS, SAD and SAL, SAYS, SIMP, SSTS, TEL, TINA, TOT, T-REX, USER, ZAPS, ZEAL.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Money owed; 5. Lamebrain; 9. Nukes; 13. Good, as a driver’s license; 15. Addict; 16. Replacement for the mark, franc and lira; 17. Pilotless plane; 19. Opera solo; 23. Hoopla; 25. “Have something!”; 26. Outback bird; 27. Hi-___ monitor; 32. Big-jawed dinosaur, for short; 33. Erie Canal mule; 34. No. on a business card; 35. Brand of kitchen wrap; 37. Rug rat; 39. Hits with a fist; 43. One of the Three Stooges; 45. Friend; 47. Grammy winner from County Donegal, Ireland; 52. Dispirited; 53. Post-op area; 55. Line of Canon cameras; 60. Where the Himalayas are; 61. Tied, as a score; 62. Egypt’s Sadat; 65. Craft in which to go down a river, say; 68. Part to play; 67. Get ready to sing the national anthem; 68. Monotonous routines; 69. Concordes, for short. — DOWN: 1. Netflix rental; 2. Big part of a hare; 3. Pass without effect, as a storm; 4. Funny Fey; 5. So; 7. Fits with another, as a gear tooth; 8. Forestall by acting first; 9. Fervor; 11. Having a store tag; 12. Long baths; 14. Hinder; 21. Lions and tigers; 22. Medical successes; 23. Each of Shakespeare’s plays has five; 24. Nickelodeon’s “___ the Explorer”; 29. Tests; 30. Have a nontraditional marriage, in a way; 31. Talk show host DeGeneres; 38. Like a perfect game in baseball; 38. Some brew skis; 40. In progress; 41. Greek sandwich; 42. Utters; 44. Crystal trophy inscribers, e.g.; 46. Where a lion hides; 49. Directionless at sea; 51. Radii neighbors; 52. Ringo who sang “Yellow Submarine”; 57. D.C. team, informally; 58. Hibernian, for one; 59. Tolkien’s talking tree race; 63. The Beach Boys “Barbara ___”; 64. Hwys.